It's a screening of six recent hit Thai films, with English subtitles, at the Korea Foundation. Joong Ang Ilbo has more.
The films are:
- Ong Bak - Starring Tony Ja, which rose to cult status for its incredible kickboxing footage and death-defying stunts, all executed without wires, special effects or safety nets.
- Beautiful Boxer - Tells the true story of the transgender boxer Nong Toom (Asanee Suwan), who enters the sport to support his family while earning money for a sex change. It won best film awards at several international gay and lesbian film festivals last year.
- The Judgement - Also called Ai Fak, the drama is about a young man named Fak living with his retarded, widowed stepmother, who happens to be a beautiful, young woman (Bongkote 'Tak' Kongmalai). The film opened to good reviews in New York this June.
- Mekhong Full Moon Party - Part documentary, part drama, Jira Milagool's 2002 film explores the phenonmenon of mysterious fireballs that annually fly out of the river at Nong Kai, across from Laos.
- The Overture - "A lyrical film about Thailand's modernization at the turn of the 20th century seen through the eyes of a famous traditional Thai musician."
- The Adventure of Iron Pussy - Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady) co-directs this musical comedy about a transvestite secret agent (the irrepressible Michael Shaowanasai).